‘House’ expanding programs for young adults | SummitDaily.com

‘House’ expanding programs for young adults

LORY POUNDERsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
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BRECKENRIDGE An art gallery opening and series of outdoor education classes are new programs coming to life at The House with the Red Door.”The purpose is to get young adults engaged, to be somewhat of a support network for young adults to get acclimated, and beyond that to maintain something that is a positive alternative to the bar scene,” said the organization’s executive director Brandon Head.Last week, The Door, on Highway 9 in Breckenridge at the Summit Ridge Center, kicked off the first in a series of classes focused around outdoor education that interest young adults (19 to 35) in Summit County. About 16 people turned out for the two-hour class on avalanche safety given by Brad Sawtell, forecaster with Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and provided by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. The next class Head is working to schedule may be about ski/snowboard tuning.

But, before that happens, the art gallery will open the evening of March 1 with photography by Corey Arehart.”There’s so many artists within our community… but they really don’t have a forum to do it,” said Head who is offering a place for young, local artists to hang their works and is hoping the community will come check it out and see what The Door is all about.”There are a lot of misconceptions about what The Door is and does floating around the county,” he added.This largely volunteer-run organization’s mission is to be “A safe place for young adults in Summit County and a resource and catalyst for positive change.” Some of their ongoing programs include free breakfast and dinner Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Young adults are invited to come in, grab some coffee and a pastry in the morning or dinner in the evening, hang out and meet others in the area. The Door is open those days from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

They also have Internet available and laundry and shower facilities for those who are struggling. It’s challenging to move to this town and often times people are caught off guard by the expenses, Head said.The Door’s staff will work with any of those needing a bit of extra help. And if they can’t help, they will find someone who can, Head said.While housing is just about always a struggle for young adults moving to the county, this was the worst year Head has seen. Five people working at one restaurant were living out of their vehicles at the beginning of the season, he said.At The Door, they had some great success stories about finding housing through the networking that took place there, Head added. One man who had been camping for a month and a half was able to find housing through those he met while eating at The Door.

Another ongoing program The Door offers the community is “safe exchange” to help take “conflict out of the equation” for separated or divorced parents and their children. One parent can drop off the child at The Door and in 10 to 15 minutes the other can pick the child up, Head explained. Also, they provide supervised visitation for a child and parent.For more information about The House with the Red Door check out http://www.red-door.org or call (970) 453-7776. The organization is located at the Summit Ridge Center, unit 202, on Highway 9 in Breckenridge.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at lpounder@summitdaily.com.

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